Quirks. We all have them. Some people are just better at hiding them than others. Christine, Sarah, and Stacey let their "freak flags fly" in this episode, revealing quirks and the many ways they are odd ducks.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - homemade biscuits, Biore Pore Cleansing Strips
Stacey - Zuccini Bread (recipe link below), Sam Edelman heels
Christine - Baby Driver, Curl Genius by BeLissPro

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/6698/moms-zucchini-bread/?internalSource=hub%20recipe&referringContentType=search%20results&clickId=cardslot%201

It's the last week of July and you might find yourself in a summer rut. Same ol' routine, same ol' lunches. Even the pool is boring your kids. Christine, Sarah, and Stacey brainstorm ideas for how to break out of your rut with spontaneous ideas to finish the summer strong!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Kendra Scott jewelryNordstrom app
Sarah - QuikTrip slushies, From Cradle to Stage by Virginia Grohl
Christine - The Queen movie, Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast Season 2

Is the world safer or more dangerous than when we grew up? Consequently, do our kids have more or less independence? Christine, Sarah, and Stacey debate the pros and cons of giving our kids more freedom, including why it's challenging, what that freedom looks like at different ages, and what steps to take and language to use when teaching independence.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - IKEA on Amazon Prime, stock tank pools
Sarah - Sherlock, eyebrow filling with eye shadow
Christine - Reese's Crunchy Cookie PB CupsBurger King's Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Whether stateside or international, adventuresome or relaxing, travel provides life-long memories. Christine, Sarah, and Stacey share their own travel preferences and what places are currently on their travel bucket lists.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Hotel Tonight, travel neck pillows
Stacey - The Girl Before by JP Delaney, metal fans
Christine - Trip Advisor, The Music Man at the Des Moines Playhouse (July 14 - Aug 6)

This is a bonus episode introducing Christine's new podcast with her daughter Tess.

Launching this fall, Teenie Tiny Talks is designed for moms and tween daughters to listen to in the car on the way to and from activities. The episodes are short, fun, and relevant for this important season of life.

Tweens will love the topics. Moms will love the connection. Both will love the fun! Preview Teenie Tiny Talks today and look for full episodes coming this fall.

In honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, Christine, Sarah and Stacey are talking about American history, specifically their favorite people and events and which historic moments had the greatest impact on our country.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Betty Jane Candies, One-step Tie-Dye Kits from Tulip
Stacey - World of Dance on NBCBlaze Pizza
Christine - Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave, 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Beach Reads: entertaining, easy-to-read, page turners. Just in time for your vacation, Christine, Sarah, and Stacey give their favorite beach reads of all time and the beach reads making their list for 2017.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Swiss Family RobinsonDress for Success Des Moines
Stacey - "Readers Gonna Read" gear, Citterio Fresco kit
Christine - "The Water's Edge" by Sara Gruen, school supply packs

Dads are famous for the wise, but corny, things they say and our dads are no exception. In honor of Father's Day week, Christine, Sarah and Stacey are dishing up the funny, brilliant and confusing things their dads always say.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - funny graphic Ts for dads, The People vs. OJ Simpson on Netflix
Stacey - Ribba frames from IKEA, round beach towels
Christine - BloodlineSherlock

Summer is about fun and relaxation, but it's also a great time to teach your kids about responsibility, contribution, and money management. Christine, Sarah, and Stacey share summer chore strategies for useful ways your kids can help out around the house this summer.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Arrival movie, Hershey's Snack Mix
Stacey - Juniper Pants by prAna, Mancala
Christine - Voluminous Superstar mascara by Loreal, Caramel M&Ms

Christine, Sarah, and Stacey are determined to be the "bosses" of summer 2017 and are starting by outlining some of the things they will FINALLY do.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Key lime pie, Cooks vs. Cons on Food Network
Stacey - Plant-themed pun pots, WELLA BAR - Organic Fresh Protein Bars
Christine - One-Pot Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole by Damn Delicious (recipe below), Lion Movie

One-Pot Mexican Beef and Rice Casserole

INGREDIENTS:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning
1 cup rice
1 cup vegetable broth
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10-ounce can) Ro*Tel® Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 Roma tomato, diced

DIRECTIONS:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; stir in taco seasoning. Drain excess fat. Stir in rice, vegetable broth, beans, Ro*Tel®, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until rice is cooked through, about 16-18 minutes. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Remove from heat and top with cheeses. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with tomato, if desired.

Christine, Sarah, and Stacey took a trip through Target finding all sorts of treasures they think Straight From The Heartland Podcast listeners would like. From grocery items to home decor, clothing to seasonal, Target has it all!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - heirloom tomatoes, Bonne Maman apricot preserves
Sarah - laundry gift basket for grads, card showers
Christine - The Shauna Niequist PodcastAnne With An E on Netflix

Budgeting, saving, giving, and having wisdom in spending decisions gives you peace of mind, which is important in taking care of your self and your relationships. This week, Christine, Sarah, and Stacey share their strategies for managing their finances.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Planet Money podcast, the Envelope System by Dave Ramsey
Sarah - Dill Oyster Crackers (recipe below), All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Christine - Oreo Cookie Candy Bar, Adventure Passes from Grimes Library

Dill Oyster Crackers

  • 2½ tablespoons freshly chopped dill (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 16-oz. box oyster crackers
  • 1 1-oz. packet ranch salad dressing
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon pepper (optional), and/or garlic powder

Directions

Preheat the oven to 250°F. In a small bowl, add the oil, ranch packet, dill, and lemon pepper and/or garlic powder. Stir until mixed through. In a 1-gallon-size resealable bag, add the crackers and oil mixture. Seal the bag and toss until well-coated. Arrange the crackers on an ungreased half-sheet pan in a single layer. Bake the crackers for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Do you prioritize exercise, nutrition, and sleep? When was the last time you visited the doctor? You're not alone. Christine, Sarah, and Stacey discuss putting their Health on the list and why they struggle to do it.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - graphic tee from Target, charcuterie board from IKEA
Stacey - Barre classes, KIND Bars
Christine - Zuppa Tuscana soup (recipe below), The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

Zuppa Tuscana Soup

1 lb Italian sausage
6 slices of bacon
1 medium onion
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1 quart water
2 T chicken bouillon granules
2 medium potatoes cut into 1/4" slices
2 cups shredded kale
1/8 t. red pepper
1/3 c. heavy cream

Brown sausage. Brown bacon, reserving 1 T bacon fat. Saute onion until soft in bacon fat. Add garlic and cook one minute. Add water, chicken bouillon, and potatoes. Bring to boil, cover, and then simmer for 15 minutes. Add meats, kale, red pepper and cook for four minutes. Stir in cream and heat through without boiling.

Christine, Sarah, and Stacey are launching a three-week series about Self-Care by discussing how to put your Self back on the list. They share whether this is easy or challenging, why it's important and ways they go about doing it.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Starbucks Caramel CoffeeThe Good Wife
Sarah - Volcano Candle by Capri Blue, Magic Bullet by NutriBullet
Christine - Before The Fall by Noah HawleyHow I Built This podcast

Comparing ourselves and our kids to others is an easy trap to fall into. Christine, Sarah, and Stacey share their own struggles with comparison and what steps they try and take to get out of the trap.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - decorating with world maps, Fancy Love fragrance by Jessica Simpson
Stacey - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Wag'n Tags on Etsy
Christine - Imposters on Bravo, Word Cookies game app

Grocery shopping - enjoyable or necessary evil? Christine, Sarah, and Stacey share strategies, tips and hacks for making this ongoing chore more manageable.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - kinetic sand, Manchester By The Sea
Stacey - Criminal: A PodcastMTV Classic
Christine -  Plan to Eat menu planning service, MasterChef Junior

Christine, Sarah, and Stacey are joining Bon Jovi and living on a prayer this week. We discuss what prayer is (and isn't), why we need it (to keep us sane) and ways we incorporate prayer into our busy lives.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - For Everyone by N. T. Wright, Chocolate Texax Sheet Cake (recipe below)
Stacey - The Shack movie, Dark Chocolate Caramels from Trader Joe's
Christine - Psalms-in-a-month reading plan (Day of the month plus 30. Example: Day 1 - read Psalm 1, 31, 61, 91, 121), The Passion Of The Christ

Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake

Cake
2 sticks butter
4 T cocca
1 C water
2 C flour
2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C 2% milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. soda

Combine first three ingredients in saucepan and heat until boiling. In separate bowl, mix flour and sugar together. Pour boiling ingredients over flour and sugar mixture and beat well. Add vanilla, milk, eggs and soda; beat well. Pour mixture info a greased jelly roll pan and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Frosting
1 stick butter
4 T. cocoa
6 T. milk
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 C. walnuts, chopped (I never add these)

Five minutes before cake is done, make the frosting. Melt the butter and combine with cocoa and milk, bringing mixture to a boil. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix well, adding the walnuts last. Spread over warm cake.

What's new in the fashion world this spring? Christine, Sarah, and Stacey are talking trends, must-haves, and miscues in this week's episode about spring fashion.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Billions, gifts from Harry & David
Sarah - Cabi's Playsuit, Cabi's Isla Wedge
Christine - Old Navy's Rockstar Skinny Jean in spring colors, PAAS Easter Egg Decorating color cups

We have a very important announcement related to the podcast and Christine, Sarah, and Stacey share all the details in this week's episode.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat


Sarah - Egg Opening videos on YouTube, UFC
Stacey - Swedish Fish Oreos, Simply Fit Board
Christine - Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, shrimp ramen

Marriage has always been hard. Marriage today seems to be especially hard. Whether it be the busy pace of life, living in a kid-centered world, or opting out of marriage altogether, the modern marriage has its challenges. Christine, Sarah, and Stacey discuss those challenges and what they can say, do, and promise their spouses to keep their marriages strong.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Missing Richard Simmons podcastShutterfly app's unlimited 4x4 and 4x6 prints
Sarah - Ed Sheeran's upcoming tour, Herbie The Love Bug movies
Christine - FamilyLife's Weekend to RememberNeutrogena's Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

The weight of jobs, mortgages, bills, and responsibility can leave us wondering where the fun versions of ourselves disappeared to. This week, Christine, Sarah and Stacey discuss why having fun is important and how they seek to create fun for themselves, their spouses, their kids and their friends.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - On The Road with Steve Hartman, illustrations by Mari Andrew
Stacey - cleaning stainless steel with olive oil, Glee
Christine - How I Met Your MotherHershey's Cookie Layer Crunch

Boys and girls are different and that makes parenting each a unique challenge. Christine, Sarah, and Stacey talk about the differences they find in raising both boys and girls, including gender differences between them and their spouses in their parenting styles.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Joss & MainThe Circle by Dave Eggers
Sarah - Sneaky PeteLa La Land
Christine - Season 3 premiere (March 12th) of American Crime, Puppy Chow (link for the recipe)

Christine, Sarah, and Stacey make the case for why parenting is more challenging today than when our parents raised us and what we're trying to do about that.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas, lariat necklaces
Stacey - "Big Little Lies" series on HBO, Spring Morning Wreath from Grandin Road
Christine - The Brady Bunch on dvd, homemade cheese soup (see recipe below)

Cheese Soup

32 oz. chicken broth
16 oz. frozen California blend vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots)
2 c. hashbrown potatoes
16 oz. (1 lb) Velveeta
10 3/4 oz (1 can) cream of chicken soup

Bring broth and veggies to a boil. Add potatoes and simmer for five minutes. Add Velveeta and can of soup. Mix until well-blended and thick, stirring frequently to avoid scorching.

Is parenting just hard generally or are there certain ages or stages that are particularly difficult? Sarah, Stacey, and Christine discuss their thoughts, including what stages were toughest for them and advice they'd give parents right in the thick of it.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Dude Perfect, Cajun Shrimp nail polish by OPI
Stacey - the Excursion Vest by J.Crew, Minwax wood finish stain markers
Christine - 24: LegacyParent Cue podcast and website

What's making our hearts beat?? We ask this question every episode and this week, in celebration of our one-year anniversary, we're 100% all about the heartbeats. We discuss how we came up with the concept, where we find our heartbeat inspiration, our Top Five heartbeats from this past year, and which heartbeats we'd like to take back!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Hunted on CBS, fresh cut flowers from Trader Joe's
Sarah - Girl Scout cookies, Enneagram Personality Inventory
Christine - Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham, Making Oprah podcast

We're celebrating the podcast-versary with a behind-the-scenes look at Straight From The Heart(land). Want to know why we decided to do a podast, how we came up with the name, when we record and how we come up with our topics? You're in luck!

Everything you've ever wondered about the podcast, including what we've learned and what's surprised us the most this past year. Plus, What's Making Our Hearts Beat and listener anniversary greetings! (Listen to the very end for the cutest eight year-old around!)

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Magnolia Home Furniture, decorating with honeycomb and letter balloons
Sarah - Shauna Niequist's Lemon Dill Soup (recipe below), "Who Would Win?" books for kids
Christine - Sing Street, Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (recipe below)

LEMON DILL SOUP

2 cups chopped onion * 1 cup chopped celery * 1 cup chopped carrots * olive oil * 3 clove garlic, minced * 6 cups chicken broth * 1/2 cup brown rice * 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded * 1/4 cup juice from fresh lemons * 4 sprigs fresh dill, finely chopped * salt & pepper

In a Dutch oven, sauté the onion, celery, and carrots in about 1/4 cup olive oil (I also added a couple tablespoons of butter) until soft, then add garlic. Stir well, then add broth (I used 8+ cups broth) and rice (I used 1 1/2 cups wild brown rice which is why I added more liquid). Allow rice to cook most of the way through (this took about 40 minutes). Five minutes before rice is cooked through, add chicken (this is an option but makes a hearty, stand-alone meal), and lemon juice (doubled this too) and dill (I used the whole bag provided which was about 2 tablespoons chopped). Add salt and pepper to taste.

HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX

1 (12 qt.) box of instant nonfat dry milk * 2 lb. container of Nestle Quik * 1 (10 oz.) jar of powdered coffee creamer * 1 lb. of powdered sugar

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. Stir 1/3 cup of mix into 8 oz. of hot water. Add more powdered mix to taste.

Author of "The Happiness Dare," Jennifer Dukes Lee, joins the podcast discussing how the book came about, the dare to live a happy life and how our happiness styles affect our life and relationships.

Plus, we'll be celebrating our podcast-versary the next two week and you can leave us a celebratory greeting (and be entered to win a prize!) by calling 201-688-SFTH (7384).

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - mermaid pillows, Love, maude
Sarah - new, TALL pajamas from Soma IntimatesCooking for Jeffrey cookbook by Ina Garten
Jennifer Dukes Lee - ViBella Jewelry, jazz music
Christine - "Lunches with Teenie," Boomchickapop's Cheddar Cheese popcorn

Stacey has a new puppy which got us thinking about the process of naming things, specifically our kids. We talk approaches, meanings behind the names, naming rules and if we have any regrets on the names we chose (hint: one of us does).

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Rally Up game, Stan Smiths by Adidas
Stacey - VitamixUp and Vanished podcast
Christine - Chobani Chocolate Cherry yogurt, "The Happiness Dare" by Jennifer Dukes Lee

It's our 50th episode (woo hoo!) and we're talking about something near and dear to our hearts - binge watching television!

Have you ever found yourself in a show hole? How did you know and, better yet, how did you get out? Christine, Sarah and Stacey talk tv binge watching, their top show hole recommendations, plus what's currently in their tv queue.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Schitt's Creek on Amazon, Amopé Pedi-Perfect Electronic Foot File
Stacey - The Durrells in Corfu on PBS, The New Yorker Presents
Christine - Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, Akeelah And The Bee presented by Des Moines Young Artists' Theatre

Typically the beginning of a new year finds us buckling down, ramping up, and hustling. But, what if we chose to slow down instead? Sarah, Stacey and Christine ask tough questions about what drives our busy lives, if there's another way of doing it and what steps we can take to get there.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Dreamy Cotton Pajama Set by J.Crew, Damn Delicious: 100 Super Easy, Super Fast Recipes cookbook by Damn Delicious
Sarah - Quantico on NBC, Snowtime Anytime indoor snowball fight
Christine - Audio Dramas: Homecoming and Limetown

Resolutions, goals, and yearly themes are the topic. Do you make them? Do you keep them? We think you'll be surprised and entertained by Sarah, Stacey, and Christine's take on the January tradition. Hear all about it below!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - homemade lotion (recipe below), essays by David Sedaris
Stacey - Tippy Toad personalization site, Vaseline as an eye makeup remover
Christine - Timeless on NBC, Peanut Butter M&Ms

Homemade Lotion

2 containers baby lotion (I get cocoa butter)
2 tubs vitamin E cream (I get the gold/yellow "E" one)
1 small container of Vaseline

Mix and enjoy!

The year 2016 is coming to a close and Christine, Sarah, and Stacey chat all about it. Top new stories, trends, and events as well as their personal highlights and low points. Happy New Year, everyone!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Tivoli II boots by Sorel, Wander Cargo Pant by Athleta
Sarah - puzzles, Trader Joe's ravioli
Christine - Panera at Home by Panera Bread, Terrible, Thanks for Asking podast

Elf ears, fruitcake for every meal and singing Jingle Bells at the top of your lungs every time you enter a room lead the way in this week's Christmas edition of Would You Rather. This is the perfect podcast for your holiday traveling or to use as conversation starters at your gatherings.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Straight From The Heart(land)!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Candy Cane Jo Joe's from Trader Joe's, local wines
Stacey - A Johnny Swim Christmas by JohnnySwim, bottle brush trees
Christine - Gilmore Girls' A Year in The Life on Netflix, pepper jelly

Lines, overloaded schedules, gift pressure, Christmas cards, finding room for all the stuff and putting Christmas decor away top our list of what we HATE about Christmas. Maybe you can relate? Join Sarah, Stacey and Christine as we laugh (and vent) our way through this week's episode.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Emergen-CThistle Farms
Stacey - Sugar Paper Los Angeles, garland from Costco
Christine - Family Pajamas from Target, Overnight Coffeecake (recipe below)

Overnight Coffeecake

2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 c margarine
1 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 eggs
1 c buttermilk or sour milk

Topping:
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c nuts

Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to mixture. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Sprinkle topping over all. (I leave the nuts out and add a bit more brown sugar.) Leave on counter overnight. Do not refrigerate. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

This week, Stace, Sarah, and Christin are talking Christmas favorites, including songs, movies, treats and movies.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Cheese Coins (see recipe below), Cup Of Jo's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
Stacey - Ballerina Jeggings from Old Nav, Almond Butter Granola from Trader Joe'
Christine - "The Mistletoe Secret" by Richard Paul Evans, "Sarah's Song" by Karen Kingsbury

Cheese Coins

2 c flour
1 t. paprika
1 t. salt
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1 c. chilled, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 c. grated sharp, white cheddar cheese (more, depending on how finely grated the cheese is)

Combine flour, salt, paprika and pepper in food processor fitted with metal blade; pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add cheese; process until dough starts to come together. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead a few times. Divide into 4 equal pieces and roll into logs, each about 6 inches long. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 3 days. (Can also be frozen.)

Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment. Cut dough into 1/3” thick slices and place about 2” apart on sheet. Bake until browned, about 15-20 min (watch closely). Remove from oven, let cool and transfer to wire rack to cool completely. They freeze really well.

Rosemary Cheese Coins:
eliminate paprika and cayenne
add heaping tsp. of dried, crushed rosemary
sprinkle kosher salt on top of baked coins and lightly press w/finger

Before Thanksgiving or after? Just the living room or the whole house? Inside only or outside too?

Stacey, Christine and Sarah are talking holiday decorating and their traditions, favorites, and best approaches for decking the halls.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Family Faces Sticker Book from Pinhole PressLove Actually
Stacey - Oprah's Favorite Things List 2016, "The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Christine - Pie Face game, Jolly Holiday Lights

Stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie top Stacey, Sarah, and Christine's list for favorite Thanksgiving foods. But, the burning question we really want to know is: why are all Thanksgiving foods brown??

Happy Thanksgiving week from us at Straight From The Heart(land)!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Charcuterie, Saturday Night Live app
Sarah - Ghirardelli Chocolate Company peppermint bark,  Nespresso Vertuoline coffee maker
Christine - The Crown on Netflix, the end of Pumpkin Spice season : )

We have love-hate relationship with social media. We love the opportunity to connect and encourage. We hate the endless nature and temptation for comparison. This week, Stacey, Christine, and Sarah authentically share their struggles (can you say, time vacuum?) with social media and the questions they're wrestling with on the topic.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - succulents, Magna-Tiles
Stacey - Apple Music, "Lovable, Livable Home" by Young House Love
Christine - "Adnan's Story" by Rabia Chaudry, Oh's cereal by Post

In the first of a two-episode series about technology, Sarah, Stacey, and Christine tackle the tough topic of kids & screens. How much is too much? Should we set limits and how do we do that? How can we protect our kids while letting them know we trust them? No easy answers, but the trio is asking the tough questions.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - "Screens and Teens" by Dr. Kathy Koch, The Talking Shirt
Sarah - Fight the New DrugJames Bay's "Chaos and the Calm"
Christine - Unroll.MeConviction

This week, Sarah, Stacey, and Christine are talking presidential politics and would like to thank you for your support. Straight From The Heart(land) aims to be a podcast for the people, by the people and our platform is built on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….or whatever is making our hearts beat!

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What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Magnolia Journal, Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Pancake Mix by Williams-Sonoma
Sarah - "Jesus For President" by Shane Claiborne, "Hard Love" album by Need to Breathe
Christine - Hamilton's America on PBS (through 11.18.16), Oral-B Vitality toothbrush

Handmade, store-bought, part of theme, or recycled from last year, Stacey, Sarah, and Christine are talking all about Halloween costumes, including whether women use Halloween as an opportunity to dress trashy (one of the SFTH hosts may have done this accidentally!).

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - SuperSeedzLindsay Letters
Stacey - decorating with wheat for fall, blanket scarves
Christine - Bit-O-Honey, Real Crime Profile podcast

One member of the Straight From The Heart(land) trio (shhh, it's Stacey!) turns 40 this week and we're talking all about it - the apprehensions, noticeable changes to both our bodies and perspectives, as well as hopes for this decade.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Frontline PodcastFujifilm Instax cameras
Sarah - From Where I Drone, Scentsational Candles
Christine - Dream Fruit Dip (recipe below), Designated Survivor

Dream Fruit Dip

Note: this recipe makes A LOT of dip and can easily be cut in half with plenty to enjoy!

12 ounces cream cheese

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, unsifted

1 cup sour cream

1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons almond extract

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons cognac (optional)

In small bowl, cream the cheese until soft and smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until well blended. Add the sour cream and the rest of the ingredients. Blend just until well combined. Cover and chill several hours before serving.

Sarah's pet peeves (you'll NEVER guess), Christine's overseas dining fail, and Stacey's irrational fear related to sleep all in this week's episode. Our attempt was for you to get to know us better, but we may have offended our entire audience in the process!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Moonstruck Chocolate Co.Bits of Vintage
Sarah - Smoky Mountains Fall Foilage Prediction Map, frozen fruit salad (recipe below)
Christine - Center Grove OrchardBisquick Shake & Pour

Frozen Fruit Salad

1 17 oz can apricots
1 17 oz can crushed pineapple
1 c liquid from the canned fruit
1/2 c sugar
3 10 oz pkg. frozen strawberries
1 6 oz can frozen OJ
2 T lemon juice
3 diced bananas

Drain apricots and pineapple, reserving liquid to make 1 cup.  Heat liquid and sugar until sugar dissolves.  Add strawberries and juice.  Cut up apricots and bananas.  Add.  Spoon into cupcake papers in muffin tins.  Place tins in freezer.  Remove from freezer 20-30 min before serving.  Makes 30 or more servings.

The average American adult makes over 35,000 decisions a day. A day! Sarah, Christine, and Stacey talk about how that leads to decision fatigue and their almost daily refusal to "adult" any more.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Stranger Things on Netflix, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (see recipe below)
Stacey - Heather plants from Trader Joe'sDecor Steals
Christine - This Is Us on NBC, Belong Tour (event coming to St. Paul, MN on Oct. 21-22)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

4 eggs
2 C sugar
1 15 oz can pumpkin
1 1/2 c vegetable oil
3 c flour
2 tsp. baking soad
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 12 oz pkg chocolate chips

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Mix eggs and sugar lightly.  Add oil and pumpkin.  Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture; stir only until well mixed.  Add chocolate chips.  Spray muffin tins or line with papers.  Makes 24 standard muffins.  Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.

If you want a healthier version, I put in 3/4 c oil and 3/4 c applesauce.  Or, substitute 1 1/2 c applesauce for all the oil.  YUM!

No matter their ages, our kids are facing peer pressure. In this week's episode, Stacey, Christine, and Sarah discuss how to prepare kids for those pressure moments, including giving them tools to stand up strong and the importance of letting them fail now when the consequences are minor.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Pumpkin Corn Chowder from Midwest LivingLetterFolk
Stacey - Garden Lites Chocolate MuffinsMotive tv show
Christine - Malcolm Gladwell's podcast Revisionist History, Oct. 1-2 Women's Retreat at Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp (IOLBC)

Sweaters, jeans, and boots!! The weather will be turning cooler (we hope!) and that means fall fashion! Stacey, Sarah, and Christine discuss their favorite fall fashion items, including the latest trends for Fall 2016.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - heirloom pumpkins, In the Dark podcast
Sarah - Veep, Dusk Destructed Skinny jeans by cabi
Christine - Chobani drinksConcussion movie

What's For Dinner? Why does this simple question feel so accusatory? Making dinner takes mental energy and advance preparation....and we have to do this EVERY day!!

Christine, Sarah, and Stacey share their best strategies for figuring out the dinner question, including their three, go-to dinner meals and what they serve when they've decided to phone dinner in for the night.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Cinnamon Streusel Bread from Costco, Pumpkin Spice Coffee from Trader Joe's
Stacey - silpat baking mats, 10-piece Glass Mixing Bowl Set from Martha Stewart
Christine - Threshold can opener from TargetFarrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping

Stacey's Go-to Dinner Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder

Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Sarah's Go-To Dinner Recipes

Hamburgers for a Crowd (Grandma Sims)

2 lb hamburger

1/2 c barbecue sauce

1 c tomato juice

1 tsp. salt

1/2 c brown sugar

1/4 c vinegar

2 T chopped onion or onion salt

1/2 c chopped celery or celery salt

 Brown hamburger, add all other ingredients.  Simmer for one hour.  Add quick-cooking oatmeal to thicken if needed. 

 

Manicotti with Cheese Filling (Judy Walsten)

1 box manicotti

8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

one 15 oz. container ricotta cheese

1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese

2 T. chopped fresh parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

32 oz. jar spaghetti sauce

 Cook manicotti according to directions on package, drain.  Cool in single layer on wax paper or aluminum foil to prevent manicotti from sticking together.  Combine cheeses, parsley, salt and pepper for filling; spoon into manicotti.  Spread thin layer of sauce on bottom of 9x13” baking pan; arrange manicotti in single layer over sauce.  Cover with remaining sauce.  Cover with aluminum foil; bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.  Remove foil; bake 15 minutes longer.

 

Pannekoeken (Rosalie Altena)

Preheat 3 qt. baking pan in 425 degree oven (pan must have straight sides, not higher than 3”)

Blend 4 eggs for 1 minute on high in blender

Take pan from oven, add 3 T butter, return to oven to melt

Slowly add 1 c milk through top of blender

Slowly add 1 c flour through top of blender

Blend 30 more seconds

Remove hot pan from oven

Immediately pour blended batter into hot pan

Bake for 20-25 minutes:  Pannekoeken will rise and brown slightly

 Serve with powdered sugar sprinkled on top.  Or try savory toppings like cheese, mushrooms, peppers, etc.

Christine's Go-To Dinner Recipes

Taco Soup

1 lb ground beef
1 chopped onion
1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis (Ro-tel)
2 can regular diced tomatoes
1 can corn (drained)
2 packets of ranch dressing mix
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
water

Brown ground beef and chopped onion. Drain fat. Combine with remaining ingredients in large stock pot or crock pot. Add water until it reaches the consistency you prefer. Bring to a boil and then simmer on med-low heat until heated through (20-30 min). We top with corn chips and serve with cornbread.

 

Easy Chicken Stir Fry

1 lb chicken breast (cut into bite-sized pieces)
1 package frozen stir fry vegetables
1/3-1/2 c. stir fry sauce

Cook chicken on medium heat until no longer pink. Add stir fry sauce to coat. Combine with vegetables and toss until veggies are cooked through. Serve on rice.

 

Turkey Meatloaf

1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg
1/2-sleeve of saltine crackers (crushed) or 1 c of bread crumbs
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 c. milk

Combine ground turkey, crackers/bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper. In separate bowl, mix soup and milk to create a sauce. Add 1/3 of the sauce to the turkey mixture and mix thoroughly.

Pour turkey mixture into greased, small glass casserole dish or bread pan. Top with remaining sauce.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with rice. (We like to spoon the sauce over the rice.)

 

 

We are unapologetic tv fanatics and this is our favorite time of year - the release of the new fall, tv lineups! Sarah, Stacey, and Christine discuss the shows they are most looking forward to and speculate on which ones will be duds.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Mayfair Soap Foundry's Bubble Bath at Target, navy blue nail polish
Stacey - The Container StoreThe Little Prince Movie on Netflix
Christine - Pete's DragonPretzel Crisps

Sarah, Stacey, and Christine recap their summers - the highlights, regrets, and the pressure to make summer magical for their kids, including the resulting disappointment when they fear they've failed.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Tim Hortons CoffeeGroopDealz
Sarah - Passion Planner,  People StyleWatch fall issue
Christine - "All The Missing Girls" by Megan MirandaReese's Pieces PB Cups

"We just need you to listen and not try to fix."
"I'm tired means: I'm tired."
"Just because we know it's coming each month, doesn't make it less of a 'crazy maker.'"

These are just a few of the Things We Wish Men Knew. Join Christine,Stacey, and Sarah for this hilarious look at the differences between men and women.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Any Day Tote from Altar'd State, Turkish Towels
Sarah - M&Ms + Dry Roasted, Salted Peanuts, Burgundy Oxfords
Christine - Delici Luxurious Desserts, "Where They Found Her" by Kimberly McCreight

Is there such a thing as "Midwest Nice" or "Iowa Nice"? Christine, Stacey, and Sarah discuss what it is, how it differs from Minnesota Nice and all the awesome things that make them proud to be from the Midwest (hint: corn and livestock don't make the list!).

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Bullet Journaling‪imomsohard‬ videos - ISpanxSoHard video
Stacey - DW Home candles, Forever 21 camis
Christine - Iowa State Fairwww.michaelmeggison.com

Back-to-school is around the corner and Christine, Stacey, and Sarah share their feelings about the upcoming school year and what steps they're taking to prepare themselves and their kids.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Shauna Niequist's new book Present Over PerfectThe Great British Bake Off
Stacey - Peanut butter-filled pretzels from Fresh Thyme Farmers MarketThe Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin Christine - Fresh Cravings Salsa (restaurant style, medium), Sequence

Whether you consider yourself high maintenance, low maintenance or somewhere in between, you'll laugh along with Stacey, Christine, and Sarah as they share their trials and many errors (electric blue eye liner and weenie roll bangs, anyone?) in figuring out their best hair and makeup looks. Plus, product ideas!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Redken Diamond Oil, Green Smoothie by Iowa Girl Eats
Stacey - Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Primer in Mood LightBareMinerals Warmth bronzer
Christine - Angie's Boomchickapop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn,  Storycast podcast

Christine, Sarah and Stacey wrap up their "Advice I'd Give My Younger Self" series with advice for their 30-39 year-old selves, including making time for friends and husbands, seeing stretch marks as badges of honor, and finding their place in this world outside of their roles as wives and moms.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah: Mindy Kaling's book "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?", Chicken Salad
Stacey: Liane Moriarty's book "Big Little Lies", Charming Charlie
Christine: "Graceland" on Netflix and USA Network, Undisclosed Podcast

Holy smokes! So many changes happened in our 20s and we could have used a lot of advice! As they say, hindsight is always 20:20 and Sarah, Stacey, and Christine have lots of thoughts for their younger selves this week.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Amazon Prime PantryDash & Albert Rug Company indoor/outdoor rugs
Sarah - Bloodline on Netflix, The Global Leadership Summit
Christine - sports cooling towels like MissionAthlete's Enduracool Microfiber Cooling Towel, Iowa sweetcorn

Week 2 of our July series, "Advice I'd Give My Younger Self," focuses on those tumultuous teen years. Oh boy! Friends, boys, and our bodies were hot topics in which we really could have used our expert guidance.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

 Stacey - UncommonGoods, Neutrogena's Face and Body Stick
Sarah - Lip Sense lipstick, Who What Wear website
Christine - method home All-Purpose Cleaner in Clementine, rompers

Don't we sometimes wish we could go back and give our younger selves advice? All this month, Sarah, Stacey, and Christine do just that.

This week's episode focuses on advice for our younger selves ages zero to nine years old in the categories of friendship, family, our bodies, boys and finding our place in this world.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - License plate travel game, Bath & Body Works' Three-wick Candles
Stacey - Hinge in Valley Junction, Young House Love's podcast (Young House Love Has A Podcast)
Christine - The Pioneer Woman's Olive Cheese BreadJojo Moyes' book and movie "Me Before You"

It's 4th of July week and Stacey, Sarah, and Christine discuss fireworks, food, and freedom.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Snickers Salad, Resolve Carpet Foam
Stacey - Paper fans from Paper SourceGrace and Frankie on Netflix
Christine - Original Bomb Pop, potato salad

Staying connected to friends and God in the summer can be challenging. Sarah, Stacey, and Christine discuss tips for making those relationships a priority and why you need your friends and faith even more during the summer months.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - San Pellegrino Sparkling Fruit Beverages, pencil pouches from World Market
Sarah - Peanut butter pancakes by Rachael RayEasy Chic with Sarah
Christine - Stir Crazy Popcorn Popper, Shopaholic book series by Sophie Kinsella

The Straight From The Heartland husbands take over the podcast this week in honor of Father's Day week and listeners are in for a wild ride! Christine's husband Michael, Sarah's husband Aaron, and Stacey's husband Brad talk most/least favorite parts of being dads, if they feel pressure, what they learned from their own dads, and if they have "$%*# my Dad says" moments with their kids.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Badminton
Brad - Abel James and the Fat Burning Man podcast
Sarah - Jim Gaffigan's Mr. Universe and Beyond the Pale specials on Netflix
Aaron - Casey's General Store pizza and a new reciprocating saw
Michael (Megs) -  Expression 58 podcast and Dr. Caroline Leaf's "Switch On Your Brain"
Christine - Rhubarb Slush

This week's episode is all about summer - "air you can wear," conquering mosquitoes, our old summer jobs, and the favorite foods we can't wait to eat!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Radarcan portable mosquito repellers, patio string lights
Sarah - morning coffee trick (1/2 flavored, 1/2 inexpensive), CBS This Morning
Christine - summer discount movie clubsJesus Calling by Sarah Young

Sarah, Christine, and Stacey play another round of Would You Rather complete with questions about time machines, third eyes, and living for 1,000 years.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Vintage & Made Fair, Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman
Christine - Gain Laundry Detergent in Apple Mango Tango, fruit and vegetable smoothies
Stacey - Little Red Porch, vacation postcards

With just days until summer vacation, Stacey, Sarah, and Christine share the steps they take to try and set themselves and their kids up for summer success! What are your tips for making summer great?

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - HelloFreshDear John Denim
Sarah - adult coloring books, The Pioneer Woman's dishes
Christine - patio dining, The Ranch on Netflix

May is the new December complete with parties, programs, recitals, events, and gifts. It's enough to drive the Straight From The Heart(land) ladies crazy! Hear all about how Stacey, Sarah, and Christine are coping with the month of May and how they hope to finish well even though they lack total motivation.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - maxi dresses, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market West Des Moines
Sarah - Sharpie pens, cold water with lemon essential oil
Christine - COVERGIRL Lash Blast Volume mascaraBrownberry Bread Pocket Thins Flat Bread

In this week's episode, Sarah, Christine and Stacey discuss fashion, discovering their personal style, and their favorite places to shop for clothes.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Faux Tan Body Sunless Body Tanner by Bare Escentuals's, Matrix's Vavoom Height of Glam Volumizing Foam

Sarah - Prince's Ultimate CollectionSoma Intimates' bras

Christine - ShutterflySomeone Knows Something podcast

Christine, Stacey, and Sarah welcome special guests - their moms! - to celebrate the upcoming Mother's Day holiday. The moms compare mothering in the 80s to mothering today, share whether their daughters were hard to raise, and offer advice to today's moms.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Wishing Bracelet by Stella & Dot
Judy - "Having a Mary Heart in A Martha World" by Joanna Weaver
Stacey - CIZE by Shaun T
Mindy - the Pledge of Allegiance
Deb - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Christine - Carroll's Cheesy Potatoes

Carroll's Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

2 lbs frozen hashbrowns
1 large (16 oz) sour cream
2 cans (14.5 oz) cream of chicken soup
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 chopped onion
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1/2 stick of melted butter

Combine all ingredients and bake in a 350 degree oven for one hour.

The busyness of life is a challenge for all of us. In this week's podcast, Christine, Sarah, and Stacey tackle this important topic, including whether life balance is achievable and how to create time to take care of ourselves.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - OGGI water bottles, Lore podcast

Sarah - The Chic Site by Rachel Hollis, lemon drops

Christine - The West Wing Weekly podcast, For The Love by Jen Hatmaker

This week, we answer your listener questions, including most embarrassing moments, what inspires us, how we de-stress and what we do for date nights.

Thanks to Cassie Marks, Kelly O'Hare, Mariah Hurley, Heather Noble and Steph Zeller for providing the questions. 

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Anthropologie stores, bagel sandwiches

Sarah - Modern FamilyBeautycounter

Christine - IZZE drinks, Instagram

Guilty Pleasures: something that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not held in high regard. Christine, Sarah and Stacey share their own guilty pleasures this week such as celebrity stalking, donuts, and The Bachelor.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - "Youth Revival" album by Hillsong Young & Free, True Bees products

Stacey - The Catch on ABC, Guilty Pleasures playlist on Spotify

Christine - Sycamore Row and Gray Mountain by John Grisham, Echo Prayer app

Is clutter ruling your space and stealing your peace? Just in time for spring cleaning, Sarah, Stacey and Christine share their strategies, tips and favorite products for keeping your home organized and clean as a whistle!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Christine - Entertainment WeeklyThe Americans

Sarah - head scarves, Avocado Mousse (see recipe below)

Stacey - Snappers, refurbished Dyson vacuums

Avocado Mousse

1 whole very ripe avocado
1/2 very ripe banana
splash of vanilla
splash of orange juice

Mash all together and serve with apple slices, berries, or by itself!

Gag me with a spoon! Like, totally! We're flashing back to the 80s and 90s to share Childhood Nostalgia - the fashion, music, toys and products we loved and which ones we hope NEVER make a comeback!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat (Nostalgia Edition)

Stacey - Tom Cruise's "Risky Business" Ray-Bans, Phone and distraction-free coffees and dinners

Sarah - Bonnie Bell's Lip Smacker lip gloss,  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix

Christine - Pee-wee’s Big Holiday on Netflix, Corded, landline telephones

It's Holy Week and Stacey, Sarah and Christine talk mopeds (seriously), real-life rabbits, and those nasty marshmallow Peeps!

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah: her meal-planning system, Amazon Prime

Stacey: Xstava 5-in-1 Curling Iron, non-traditional Easter baskets

Christine: Bluetooth, hands-free technology, the series finale of Downton Abbey

It's mid-March and Stacey, Sarah and Christine are talking St. Patrick's Day (corned beef and cabbage disasters), March Madness (the science behind Sarah's bracketology) and Spring Break (college trips to the retirement village).

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Sarah - Smitten Kitchen cookbook, Carpook Karaoke on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Stacey - NBC's All-Star Tribute to James Burrows (available online through 3.18), Flash Charms at Michael's stores

Christine - Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs, Heated Throws on clearance

Stacey and Christine discuss planning kid parties including themes, Pinterest-pressure, and party failures.

WHAT'S MAKING OUR HEARTS BEAT

Stacey - Saturday Pants by J. Crew, American Crime on ABC

Christine - Local Swap Sites, Laundry Scheduling

In this show, we confess some mom secrets, including letting our kids have too much screen time, catching toddlers playing in the toilet and having favorite children.

What's making our hearts beat

Christine - ABC's American Crime and Netflix's Fuller House

Stacey - Dirty Secret dry shampoo by Bed Head and Dark Chocolate with Caramel and Black Sea Salt from Trader Joe's

Sarah - People StyleWatch's March issue and Joanna Goddard's website: CupofJo.com

Readers are leaders!! We love reading and this was a fun show where we talked all what genre of books we prefer, our reading habits and our favorite and most-influential books of all time. We also feature an all-book What's Making Our Hearts Beat segment.

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter, Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Sarah - Mindset by Carol Dweck, Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Christine - Rising Strong by Brene Brown, Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin

This show was so fun for us to record that we think the Would You Rather? episodes will become a regular addition to the show. What did you think? Were you answering for yourself as you listened?

What was your easiest question to answer? What was your hardest?

What's Making Our Hearts Beat

Stacey - Karen Slaughter's book "Pretty Girls", the recipe website DamnDelicious.net

Sarah - Online grocery shopping (check out HyVee's Aisles Online if you're in the Midwest, Mindset by Carol Dweck

Christine - Rotisserie chicken (yum!), LemonGrass Spa's Body Polish

Episode 1 may not have been perfect from a technological standpoint, but we enjoyed giving you some backstory on how we became friends and what those friendships look like today.

In the episode, we asked the question, "How do you make friends as adults?" So, how do YOU make new friends now? What has worked for you? Do you agree that it takes longer or that relationships get built through shared experiences (hobbies, kids, etc.)? Comment below to let us know what adult friendships look like in your life - we'd love to hear!

WHAT'S MAKING OUR HEARTS BEAT

Sarah - People StyleWatch - the 90s are back!, Online Driver's License Renewal

Stacey - Target's One Spot, Bean Boozled

Christine - Somersaults, Libraries

This was our introductory episode. Introducing the podcast and introducing Sarah, Stacey and Christine. It was a shorter, scripted show vs. the typical 45-min, off-the-cuff version you'll find in Episode 1 & 2 (and beyond!)

In the show, we each came up with words that best describe each other. Here's a recap:

Sarah - Fun-loving and Winsome
Stacey - Wise and Trustworthy
Christine - Encouraging and Intentional